Four Stevenson Public History Students Honored by Mayor’s Office for “Cold Case” Research

March 28, 2014 7 AM

On Wednesday, March 26, four Stevenson Public History students were honored with certificates of commendation by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of the City of Baltimore.

Earlier this year, the students completed a research project similar to that of a “cold case” mystery when they provided an answer to why a soldier from Baltimore was in a 12th century French church tower in February 1945. The Stevenson University research team included Public History majors Brett Trace ‘13, Tori Woodard ‘14, Dan Scotten ‘14, and Lindsay McCrea ‘14, as well as faculty members Anne Kerns (French) and Glenn T. Johnston (Public History).

In the summer of 2013, the small town of Moeurs-Verdey, France, found an inscription in their church with a soldier’s name and address as well as a message. The inscription was dated February 5, 1944. The inquiry to Mayor Rawlings-Blake from that French village sought answers to questions regarding why the soldier was in their church, who the soldier was, and if the soldier had any living relatives.

The assignment was presented to the Stevenson Public History program by the mayor via the Maryland National Guard. After receiving the request on October 15, 2013, the students — within a three-week period — were able to respond with a 14-page report identifying the soldier, his family, the unit in which he served, the reasons for his presence in their village, as well as his life following the war. The report was delivered on November 11, 2013, Veterans Day.

For more information on Stevenson’s Public History program, contact Johnston at 443-334-2196 or email

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.